Lightning Safety Myths and Facts

March 6, 2021

Check out some lightning Myths versus Facts from the National Weather Service

Myth: If you’re caught outside during a thunderstorm, you should crouch down to reduce your risk of being struck.
Fact: Crouching doesn’t make you any safer outdoors. Run to a substantial building or hard topped vehicle. If you are too far to run to one of these options, you have no good alternative. You are NOT safe anywhere outdoors.

Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it’s a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building is hit an average of 23 times a year

Myth: If it’s not raining or there aren’t clouds overhead, you’re safe from lightning.
Fact: Lightning often strikes more than three miles from the center of the thunderstorm, far outside the rain or thunderstorm cloud. “Bolts from the blue” can strike 10-15 miles from the thunderstorm.

Myth: Rubber tires on a car protect you from lightning by insulating you from the ground.
Fact: Most cars are safe from lightning, but it is the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, NOT the rubber tires. Remember, convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, open-shelled outdoor recreational vehicles and cars with fiberglass shells offer no protection from lightning. When lightning strikes a vehicle, it goes through the metal frame into the ground. Don’t lean on doors during a thunderstorm.

Myth: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you’ll be electrocuted.
Fact: The human body does not store electricity. It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid. This is the most chilling of lightning Myths. Imagine if someone died because people were afraid to give CPR!

Myth: If outside in a thunderstorm, you should seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.
Fact: Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties. Better to get wet than fried!

Myth: If you are in a house, you are 100% safe from lightning.
Fact: A house is a safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity. This means staying off corded phones, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing, metal doors and windows. Windows are hazardous for two reasons: wind generated during a thunderstorm can blow objects into the window, breaking it and causing glass to shatter and second, in older homes, in rare instances, lightning can come in cracks in the sides of windows.

Myth: If thunderstorms threaten while you are outside playing a game, it is okay to finish it before seeking shelter.
Fact: Many lightning casualties occur because people do not seek shelter soon enough. No game is worth death or life-long injuries. Seek proper shelter immediately if you hear thunder. Adults are responsible for the safety of children.

Myth: Structures with metal, or metal on the body (jewelry, cell phones, Mp3 players, watches, etc), attract lightning.
Fact: Height, pointy shape, and isolation are the dominant factors controlling where a lightning bolt will strike. The presence of metal makes absolutely no difference on where lightning strikes. Mountains are made of stone but get struck by lightning many times a year. When lightning threatens, take proper protective action immediately by seeking a safe shelter – don’t waste time removing metal. While metal does not attract lightning, it does conduct it so stay away from metal fences, railing, bleachers, etc.

Myth: If trapped outside and lightning is about to strike, I should lie flat on the ground.
Fact: Lying flat increases your chance of being affected by potentially deadly ground current. If you are caught outside in a thunderstorm, you keep moving toward a safe shelter.

Myth: lightning flashes are 3-4 km apart
Fact: Old data said successive flashes were on the order of 3-4 km apart. New data shows half the flashes are about 9 km apart. The National Severe Storms Laboratory report concludes: “It appears the safety rules need to be modified to increase the distance from a previous flash which can be considered to be relatively safe, to at least 10 to 13 km (6 to 8 miles). In the past, 3 to 5 km (2-3 miles) was as used in lightning safety education.” Source: Separation Between Successive Lightning Flashes in Different Storms Systems: 1998, Lopez & Holle, from Proceedings 1998 Intl Lightning Detection Conference, Tucson AZ, November 1998.

Myth: A High Percentage of Lightning Flashes Are Forked.
Fact: Many cloud-to-ground lightning flashes have forked or multiple attachment points to earth. Tests carried out in the US and Japan verify this finding in at least half of negative flashes and more than 70% of positive flashes. Many lightning detectors cannot acquire accurate information about these multiple ground lightning attachments. Source: Termination of Multiple Stroke Flashes Observed by Electro- Magnetic Field: 1998, Ishii, et al. Proceedings 1998 Int’l Lightning Protection Conference, Birmingham UK, Sept. 1998.

Myth: Lightning Can Spread out Some 60 Feet After Striking Earth.
Fact: Radial horizontal arcing has been measured at least 20 m. from the point where lightning hits ground. Depending on soils characteristics, safe conditions for people and equipment near lightning termination points (ground rods) may need to be re-evaluated. Source: 1993 Triggered Lightning Test Program: Environments Within 20 meters of the Lightning Channel and Small Are Temporary Protection Concepts: 1993, SAND94-0311, Sandia Natl Lab, Albuquerque NM.

Find some Lightning Safety tips here and download a free 67-page PDF portion of our preparedness and first aid ebook.

Resources:

• National Weather Service Lightning Safety

• NWS Toolkit for Counties and Communities, Stadiums, Parks and Large Venues, and Golf Courses

• NWS Tools for Teachers  


USFRA Family Preparedness and First Aid $5 ebook helps you prepare for emergencies and disasters + supports America’s first responders

January 13, 2021

No matter where you live there is a chance some type of disaster or emergency can (or at some time will) occur.

Whether it’s a flood, fire, hurricane, a chemical spill forcing an evacuation, active shooter scenario, civil unrest or your child getting a bloody nose … stuff happens.

The question is … what are YOU gonna do about it?

U.S. First Responders Association’s custom 286-page PDF version of our IT’S A DISASTER! preparedness and first aid manual provides families with instructional tips in 2-color format about what to think about and do before, during and after many types of emergencies and disasters, as well as how to administer basic first aid.

If more people would learn how to prepare themselves and their loved ones, it could alleviate some problems, fear and stress in the U.S. and Canada, plus lessen the burden on first responders.

Download a free 65-page portion of USFRA’s Family Preparedness guide and order the full interactive 286-page PDF for only $5.00 U.S. (~70% off) at fedhealth.net and proceeds benefit USFRA.


New Affiliate programs associated with our It’s A Disaster! ebook and Covid Rapid Test kits

January 10, 2021
Fedhealth affiliate programs

We now have 2 Affiliate Program options using an easy web link you can put on a site and/or blog to earn money.

One is associated with our PDF ebook (more below) … and one we’re doing with Covid Rapid Test Kits (for antibodies) deeply discounted for businesses, agencies and families. Learn more about kits and that affiliate program here.

The Affiliate Program associated with our 284-page IT’S A DISASTER! ebook lets volunteers, groups, businesses and individuals earn 30% or $1.50 on each $5.00 digital ebook sold. (We also pay $$ on referred bulk ebook and bulk paperback orders.)

Our ebook suggests things families should think about and do before, during and after most types of emergencies and disasters (e.g. floods, hurricanes, infectious diseases [like flu, COVID-19, staph, etc.], wildfires, active shooter scenarios, civil unrest and more), and has an entire section on basic first aid.

Learn more and download a free portion of the ebook at fedhealth.net and Join our ebook Affiliate Program on e-Junkie now!

Also check out our other funding ideas in case they can help you or others, and please help spread the word.


New price on It’s A Disaster! ebook means more money for affiliates

January 10, 2021

We are changing the price of our 284-page PDF version of IT’S A DISASTER! preparedness and first aid manual to $5.00 U.S. (still ~70% off list) and discounting it as low as $2 in bulk with free customization.

Although price increases are never fun, in this case it’s good news for volunteers, schools, groups and individuals since there is more money available for them.

Our ebook (and book) provides quick-reference instructional bullets in 2-color format with tips on what people should think about and do before, during and after most types of emergencies and disasters (e.g. floods, hurricanes, infectious diseases [like flu, COVID-19, staph, etc.], wildfires, active shooter scenarios, civil unrest and more), and has an entire section about basic first aid.

And our new Affiliate Program lets groups, bloggers and others earn 30% or $1.50 of each $5 PDF ebook order using a special web link on your site or blog.

Learn more and download a free 63-page portion of the 284-page PDF ebook at fedhealth.net


It’s A Disaster! ebook revised Nov 2020 and 284-pg PDF still only $3 or less

December 2, 2020

We recently revised our PDF version of our IT’S A DISASTER! preparedness and first aid manual, and still offer the 284-page ebook for only $3 U.S. (over 80% off list) or less on our site.

Our interactive reference manual suggests things families should think about and do before, during and after most types of emergencies and disasters (e.g. floods, hurricanes, infectious diseases [like flu, COVID-19, staph, etc.], wildfires, active shooter scenarios and more), and has bulleted instructions on how to administer basic first aid.

Fedhealth also offers unlimited customization on the ebook in bulk for as low as $1 each and they make great educational giveaways for employees, volunteers, members, students, customers and local communities. Plus the sole-source customizable ebook (and paperback) can help clear out leftover grant dollars that are time sensitive.

Learn more and download a free portion of the ebook at fedhealth.net


New bulk price on It’s A Disaster! paperback as of 1-Dec-2020

December 1, 2020

For over 2 decades Fedhealth has discounted our disaster preparedness and first aid manual over 70% off the $14.99 list in bulk to agencies, businesses, nonprofits, volunteers, schools and others, but unfortunately freight costs are causing us to adjust price a bit to help offset the losses.

As of December 1, 2020 our 266-page IT’S A DISASTER! paperback (either standard red books or custom printed ones in bulk) are $5.00 U.S. each delivered (in CONUS) on 10 or more copies.

We still provide FREE customization — either with peel & stick labels on our standard red books … or … you can personalize book covers and first 12 full color glossy pages in the print process on 1,000 or more copies.

And, if you need extra pages in front or back of custom printed books, we can add up to 288 extra glossy pages, and per book price depends on quantity of extra pages and total custom books you’re doing. (But we’ll help all we can – just ask!)

And keep in mind our 284-page PDF ebook is only $3 each and comes with unlimited customization in bulk as low as $1 each.

Books and ebooks can be given away to employees, volunteers, members, students, customers and communities, and the customizable sole source products qualify for most every grant available and provide tons of match.

Learn more at www.fedhealth.net or call Fedhealth at 520.907.2153 and let’s collaborate to help our nation get more prepared for emergencies and disasters.  


September National Preparedness Month theme and resources

August 1, 2020

National Preparedness Month (NPM) was created to encourage and promote family and community disaster planning throughout the month of September, and provides tools for families and others to continue preparedness habits year round.

The 2020 NPM theme is: “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today” and below are the weekly topics being encouraged by Ready.gov…

Week 1: Sept 1-5  — Make A Plan (Designate meetup places in case you’re separated, know how to communicate with family and friends during disasters, review insurance papers, etc.)

Week 2: Sept 6-12 — Build A Kit (make various kits for family members for your home, office or school locker, and vehicles, plus a grab & go kit (B.O.B.) in case you have to evacuate quickly to a safer location. Do this with all family members – from kids to seniors and pets!)

Week 3: Sept 13-19 — Prepare for Disasters (Find out the best way to limit the impacts an emergency or disaster may have, like having the right insurance coverage, and take some steps to strengthen or improve home, garage and landscape to mitigate damage from floods, high winds, earthquakes, wildfires and more)

Week 4: Sept 20-26 — Teach Youth About Preparedness (Talk to your kids about the types of disasters that happen where you live and travel. Teach them lessons on preparedness so they can be prepared, not scared by practicing fire, earthquake and tornado drills often and making kits together then updating kits twice a year on daylight savings weekend. Find kid-friendly educational resources and activities here and here, and make family preparedness fun and encouraging.)

Learn more about NPM and find resources for each week at Ready.gov and download our free 59-page ebook to help your loved ones and community get more prepared for emergencies and disasters.

Also consider getting some of our customizable 266-page “IT’S A DISASTER!” preparedness and first aid manuals (or PDF ebooks) for your staff, volunteers, students, customers or local communities, and we will donate 15% of bulk orders back to your local volunteer fire department or group of your choosing (plus proceeds also benefit the U.S. First Responders Association.)

Learn more and download a free portion of our book in PDF at www.fedhealth.net


Partner spotlight: Crayola Experience Plano

September 15, 2019

Fedhealth Services Corp and the U.S. First Responders Association invite you to join us and our partners in our  preparedness book projects that benefit first responders, military and veterans.

One of our advertisers with our Dallas-Fort Worth project is Crayola Experience Plano — where the magic of Crayola comes to life.

With 60,000 square feet of attractions, Crayola Experience is Texas’ most colorful family destination for interactive, creative play.

Families can spend hours exploring 25 hands-on attractions, such as:

  • Star in your very own coloring page
  • Name and wrap your very own Crayola crayon
  • Embark on a 4-D coloring adventure
  • Learn how crayons are made in a live manufacturing show
  • And much more!

Crayola Experience Plano is open year round, specializing in colorful birthday parties, group outings, educational field trips, and special events, plus teachers and first responders get in FREE with valid ID.

Learn more about Crayola Experience and their 5 locations (Chandler AZ, Easton PA, Mall of America MN, Plano TX and Orlando FL) at www.crayolaexperience.com … and thank you Crayola Experience Plano for being part of our FSC and USFRA preparedness project!

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FSC is printing 20,000+ preparedness and first aid manuals with a limited # of color ads on glossy paper for the Dallas-Fort Worth area that start as low as 1.25 cents per book so only $250 total…!

And local and national advertisers can lock in your position with just 25% down with payment plans + other discounts available.

The 300+ page paperbacks will be divided up and delivered FREE to all advertisers and prize donors, plus you’ll receive many other benefits.

Download FSC’s media kit and join us in our D/FW project to benefit your company or group, the public, USFRA and our nation’s heroes. More at www.fedhealthsc.com/usfra.html


New mailing address for Fedhealth and FSC

June 27, 2019

We were recently surprised when we went to collect our mail at our local UPS Store (mailing address for our companies) and found the store had closed their doors without notifying mailbox holders!

The sign gave data for 2 other UPS Store locations in town so we were able to get a new address (but smaller box) and get our mail from closed down store. Then we filed forwarding address with USPS and scrambled to change tons of online accounts, various procurement systems, get new business cards, etc.

It would have been nice to have been notified via email or phone, but at least most of the fire drill is done and we recovered quickly. But I just realized we neglected to announce it here on our blog.

The new mailing address for Fedhealth and Fedhealth Services Corp (FSC) and owners Bill and Janet Liebsch is…

1910 E Southeast Loop 323, #220

Tyler TX 75701

Fedhealth p: 520-907-2153  www.fedhealth.net

FSC p: 903-343-5191  www.fedhealthsc.com

Stay safe all ~ j & B


Iceland’s Jolabokaflod (Christmas Book Flood) needs to become tradition in North America

November 27, 2017

Did you know in Iceland the best Christmas gift is a book? Icelanders have a wonderful tradition of giving books to each other on Christmas Eve and the custom is so deeply ingrained in their culture that it is the reason for the Jólabókaflóð, [pronounced yolabokaflot], also known as the “Christmas Book Flood”.

Jolabokaflod originated during World War II when foreign imports were restricted, but paper was cheap. According to Readitforward.com, Iceland’s population was not large enough to support a year-round publishing industry, so book publishers flooded the market with new titles in the final weeks of the year and citizens looked forward to perusing the book catalog similar to how kids look through toy catalogs.

Nowadays books are published and released throughout the year there, but many still continue the tradition of Jolabokaflod … and it is something we hope becomes popular in North America.

If you’d like to give the gift of preparedness this holiday season, our 266-page disaster preparedness and first aid paperback is discounted over 70% off list (or only $4.50 delivered in continental U.S.) on 10 copies or more.

And we customize books for free (even in small quantity) so you can personalize them with logos and special messages to employees, colleagues, customers, members, volunteers and local communities.

We also offer our 280-page PDF ebook for only $3.00 US (80% off list) and have a free 56-page portion of IT’S A DISASTER! that people can download and share with others.

The quick-reference easy to use manual provides instructional bullets in 2-color format with tips on what people need to think about and do before, during and after specific types of emergencies and disasters (including active shooter scenarios), as well as how to administer basic first aid.

Plus a portion of book sales benefit the U.S. First Responders Association so purchases not only help educate your loved ones and the public, but also supports our nation’s heroes.

Please share these ideas and links with others and let’s start doing this cool book giving tradition here in America! Stay safe, j & B


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